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May 19, 1998 2:00 AM
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The Indie Top 10 : 5.15.98 - 5.17.98

Edited by Mark Rabinowitz




Trimark's "Chinese Box" held on to the top spot, losing only 5%.
Of the three newbies this week, only "Clockwatchers" has topped
the leader's per screen average of $2,355, with a hefty $5,806 average.
Of the rest of the top 10, Artisan's "Suicide Kings" garnered
weakening per sheet numbers, and First Look's "Mrs. Dalloway" continues
to show serious gams by holding on to the third spot with an average of
over one thousand smackers in its 13th week of release. Additionally,
Fox Lorber's release of "The Life of Jesus" ("La Vie de Jesus") warrants notice
based on a per screen take of $4,100 at one play date.


As far as specialty division product goes, Sony Pictures Classics' "The
Spanish Prisoner
" continues to expand, adding 71 screens and averaging
over two thousand dolleros per tent flap. In addition, SPC's "Wilde" is
staying strong, averaging over four grand along with Miramax's
French-language pic "Artemisia." New Line's "Woo" stayed atop the
overall list, pulling in over $1.6 million on 625 screens, for a
respectible average of $2,670, losing a tad over 33% in its second
frame. Miramax's "Sliding Doors" chugged into second place, picking up
$1.1 million on 522 screens with an average of just over $2,100.

++ THE INDIE TOP 10 ++


CHINESE BOX (Trimark): $226,124 (-5%) -- Total: $981,102

Week #5 -- 96 Screens (+28) -- $2,355 average per screen


SUICIDE KINGS (Artisan): $88,912 (-12%) -- Total: $1,540,077

Week #5 -- 149 Screens (-3) -- $597 average per screen


MRS. DALLOWAY (First Look): $81,346 (-5%) -- Total: $2,990,667

Week #13 -- 68 Screens (-3) -- $1,196 average per screen


LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND (LGF): $51,693 (-18%) -- Total: $2,391,947

Week #11 -- 60 Screens (-12) -- $862 average per screen


DEJA VU (Rainbow): $42,723 (-32%) -- Total: $255,468

Week #4 -- 35 Screens (+1) -- $1,221 average per screen


PLUMP FICTION (Legacy): $37,260 -- Total: $37,260

*Premiere -- 45 Screens -- $828 average per screen


CLOCKWATCHERS (BMG/Artistic Lic.): $34,838 -- Total: $34,838

*Premiere -- 6 Screens -- $5,806 average per screen


LAWN DOGS (Strand): $22,491 -- Total: $22,491

*Premiere -- 12 Screens -- $1,874 average per screen


JUNK MAIL (Lions Gate Films): $14,121 (-9%) -- Total: $71,522

Week #6 -- 10 Screens (+3) -- $1,412 average per screen


I THINK I DO (Strand): $8,698 (-54%) -- Total: $213,382

Week #6 -- 3 Screens (-3) -- $2,896 average per screen

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